DR. ERICK GORDON is an educator who dreams big. He begins with the belief that learning best grows from a place of inspiration, coupled with a desire to act in the world.
For over twenty years Erick Gordon's innovations in education have impacted students and teachers around the world. He has served as the director of the New York City Writing Project, as a full-time instructor at Teachers College, Columbia University, as a classroom teacher, and as a social entrepreneur, founding numerous successful not-for-profit programs in education including Student Press Initiative, Literacy Unbound, and Writers on Stage.
Additional highlights of Gordon’s creations include, The Mockingbird Monologues, an annual readers' theater project he started as a classroom teacher in 1996 in which over 120 public school students perform original monologues from To Kill a Mockingbird in Off Broadway venues, the Rikers Island Oral History Project, a literacy project that adapts oral history methods to help incarcerated youth share stories and re-envision themselves and their lives while building vital reading and writing skills, and the Muslim Youth Oral History Project, a groundbreaking program that provides Muslim students in New York City an opportunity to share personal stories that dispel cultural stereotypes and open new paths of understanding.
These programs put into action Gordon’s belief that supporting students to engage in learning experientially, leads to enriched classroom experiences.